According to a recent poll conducted by a recognised data firm, a majority of college graduates are saying that their education is not worth its expensive cost. Apart from this, several multiyear surveys also report that a significant number of recent college graduates doubt their university degree's worth.
In this day where you can learn everything at home and acquire skills through the internet alone, is your expensive college degree still worth anything? Yes, it is still worth it. The doubt from these recent graduates is not surprising. The economy is struggling and currently, there are poorer employment rates.
But everything is looking up the next couple of years, so academics are urging the youth to appreciate their degrees more and have a change of heart for a more positive mindset.
Working Towards a Healthier Mindset
It's easy to look at an expensive university as not worth all the dollars if you are deep in debt. Some may say that money is not an issue if you put your heart to it, but the truth is, it will always be an issue – especially if you don't have a lot of it. But once you look at your college degree as not a bill to be paid, but a path to take, you might learn to look at it at a softer light.
Your psychological degree from James Cook University Singapore has to lead you to so many life-altering knowledge that you can pass on to your family. Your degree in architecture gave you a different eye of appreciation towards seemingly banal things. The time you spend studying as an undergraduate in a university where you are surrounded with like-minded people, this experience, is not going to happen again, ever. So treasure it.
Make the Most of It
Liberal arts graduates are especially deeper in the rut in this discourse of degree's worth and its value post-university. Because, really, what practical earning job will make proper use of the theories on reading you learn during college? Or of the history of certain musical arrangements in theatre?
The key here, as experts suggest, is to take another post-graduate degree. What, take another? Yes, take a degree that will help ground your purely theory undergraduate degree and transform it into something that is more actionable.
Why not combine history with community development? Or take some units on teaching so you can share your passion for the arts?
The worth of an object is not always about money. It may sound phoney to say that, but to some extent, it is true. You can look at your degree as worthless because it failed to land you a high-paying job, or you can look at your degree as only the starting step of a bigger future ahead of you.